Actor Rip Torn dies aged 88
Actor Rip Torn has died at the age of 88.
The actor passed away at his home in Connecticut, surrounded by his family, his publicist has confirmed. His last role was in 2016.
Torn, who was born Elmore Rual Torn Jr, enjoyed an acting career that spanned more than seven decades.
He began his acting run in the 1950s, with a series of television roles that included key turns in The Restless Gun and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, before he transitioned to the big screen in the early 1960s, with starring roles in Sweet Bird of Youth, and in The Cincinnati Kid with Steve McQueen.
He worked steadily throughout the 1970s and 1980s, with key turns including 1983 thriller Cross Creek and in Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth opposite David Bowie.
His career took again in the 1990s when he won the role of Artie on Gary Shandling's The Larry Sanders Show. That role gave the actor a cult following and led to latter-day turns in 30 Rock, Men In Black, Dodgeball and Wonder Boys.
Tributes have been paid to Torn from across the movie industry and a selection are included below:
R.I.P Rip Torn. He was so great in Defending Your Life. I'll miss you Rip, you were a true original.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) July 10, 2019
Rip Torn always made me laugh. Artie and Bob Diamond were two utterly unforgettable characters.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) July 10, 2019
Just heard the sad news that the great Rip Torn has passed away. Rip was a class act. He was an incredible actor. One of the greats. A true legend. I am proud to have worked with him and to have known him. Rest in peace Rip.— Tom Green (@tomgreenlive) July 10, 2019
I feel extremely lucky that I once got to be in the same movie as the incomparable Rip Torn. He is at the height of his powers in this classic Warner Bros film “Payday.” They don’t make em like Rip anymore. pic.twitter.com/p1cPauD3sL— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 10, 2019
Looking back on decades of Rip Torn's work and can't think of a single performance that could have been bettered by another actor. One of a kind. RIP.— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 10, 2019